Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What is a Shade Tree Mechanic?

For decades every neighborhood had its local shade tree mechanic. That man (or woman) did their own oil changes, replaced their own brakes and generally did most of their own repairs on various vehicles. These handy types would even help out a neighbor or a friend for maybe a few dollars if the job was a long drawn out one that needed special tools or expertise.

Fast forward to the heart of the 21st century.  The world has certainly changed.  Today, there are check engine lights, electronic systems, factory service centers, etc.  To compete and evolve, the shade tree mechanic had to adapt.  In some cases, they just went off quietly into a different profession and did not want to be a part of the factory “team”.

In the case of Jim Liacos - the ultimate shade tree mechanic, he opened his own shop called Jim’s Auto Service.  From his shop located at 3711 Tarheel Drive, he built a thriving auto repair business that specializes in great customer service on all makes and models of vehicles.  Call for your next maintenance procedure at (919) 824-4566.

Monday, March 4, 2019

What You Should Know About Oil Changes.

It is the single most important way to protect and extend the life of your vehicle.  Commonly we are taught to change the oil in our car every 3000 miles.  That is a good benchmark, of course.  Some makes and models do not require oil changes as often.  There are some that need a very specific type of oil.

Here are some things you should know –

1.  When in doubt, follow your owner’s manual
2.  It is recommended to check the oil level once a month…We’ll bet you miss that one!
3.  Choose the right oil for your car

The simplest steps start with your due diligence.  The actual oil change should be trusted to Jim’s Auto Service.  Jim Liacos and his crew have changed the oil in Raleigh area cars for decades.  They know when your car needs it AND will check on many other things that could derail your ride down the road.  Stop in at 3711 Tarheel Dr. in Raleigh or call (919) 824-4566.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Do Volkswagens Cost More to Repair?

If you have ever owned one you are aware that VW's have always cost more to service. As far as oil goes just check what kind of oil they use and price it out wherever you get your oil changes done.  What about general maintenance?  In terms of repairs they tend to cost more. It largely depends on the model and which parts need to be replaced.

Electrical problems can be inherent in Volkswagens.  Diagnostics can be expensive and do not always produce results.  In general though, VW owners are happy and satisfied to be part of the family.  Know this, when Volkswagen owners are surveyed throughout the world, they give this unique ride very high marks.

The bottom line is this…when your VW needs to be repaired you can always trust Jim’s Auto Service.  They are your headquarters in the Raleigh NC area for Volkswagen service and maintenance.  Jim’s is a full-service repair garage located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.  Give them a call for all makes and models at (919) 824-4566. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Best Hybrid Cars on the Market.

Are you considering owning a hybrid?  It seems to be the wave of the future.  Hybrids may help keep this planet going throughout this century and into the next.  Hybrids are rigorously tested for braking and handling on a test track, and then driven on a real-world test loop that mixes city streets, twisting back roads and highway miles.

A company called Edmonds does these tests and provides ratings.  For instance, the Honda Accord is one of the highest rated at 8.3 out of 10.  The Toyota Camry gets a 7.6 and has the best fuel economy of any sedan according to Edmonds.  Here is one more…the Ford Fusion checking in with a 7.9 out of 10.  2018 was the last model year for this sedan.

It matters not which hybrid you intend to drive.  They can all be maintained and repaired by the ultimate “shade tree mechanic”.  That is Jim Liacos and his amazing crew at Jim’s Auto Service located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.  They fix ‘em and maintain ‘em…all makes and models.  Just give Jim’s Auto Service a call at (919) 824-4566.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Short Walk Wines - FREE wine tastings!

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FREE wine tasting! Quick, casual, & fun! No reservations needed--just stop in between 3-5pm!  


Monday, January 14, 2019

What is a Tune-up?

Your vehicle can get great benefit from a tune-up.  Put it this way…it is one of the very best ways to maintain the original performance of your ride.  Working on a car that is badly out of tune can give a noticeable boost to both engine performance and fuel economy.  That should be all that you need to know!

Here is another way to put it…do the tune-up now and potentially prevent far more expensive repairs later.  The common parts that are replaced when your vehicle is tuned-up are things such as spark plugs, wire plugs, an air filter, as well as a fuel filter.  It is not necessary to know how each of these things work in synergy, just that they do!

Jim Liacos and the tune-up professionals at Jim’s Auto Service know how to tune-up every make and model of vehicle on the roads of the Raleigh area.  It comes from decades of experience as well as staying on top of new technology.  At Jim’s Auto Service on 3711 Tarheel Drive you get both.  Call for an appointment today at (919) 824-4566.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What’s Wrong? Don’t Worry We’ll Fix It!

You know when your car conks out (or sounds like it is about to) people tend to either go to their trusted mechanic…or seek out a new one.  So, would you rather go to a mammoth service center where you are no more than a number, or an auto repair shop that is populated with “shade tree mechanics” who have worked on all types of makes and models?

Whatever the problem with your vehicle, we can fix it.  Is your battery dead or dying?  Are your brakes going out?  Do you need a bulb or wiper replaced?  Did your heating system go out?  Is it time for an oil change or one of the various schedule maintenance on your car?  Maybe it is the dreaded check engine light.

Here at Jim’s Auto Service we have been repairing cars and pick-ups and SUV’s for decades.  Our loyal customers come from all walks of life around the Raleigh area.  The next time you need vehicle maintenance give us a call at (919) 824-4566 to make an appointment…or stop by the shop located at 3711 Tarheel Drive in Raleigh.